PA reports record number of coronavirus deaths; Lehigh Valley has more cases than Pittsburgh metro area

Written by on April 8, 2020

PA reports record number of coronavirus deaths; Lehigh Valley has more cases than Pittsburgh metro area

By Jen Rehill

April 8, 2020

Every county in Pennsylvania now has at least one confirmed case of coronavirus. WLVR’s Jen Rehill has the latest update on the spread of COVID-19 across the state and in the Lehigh Valley.

Pennsylvania reported nearly 1,600 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the latest state total to nearly 15,000. 

The state also reported 78 new deaths yesterday, a single-day high for the commonwealth.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says at least some of those deaths occurred days earlier.

“There is sometimes a lag time for the reporting of cases and particularly deaths into our data system and so sometimes on Tuesday we see an increase reflecting that lag time over the weekend,” said Levine.

The Lehigh Valley now has 24 reported deaths — and nearly 2,000 confirmed cases in Lehigh and Northampton counties. 

The region has one of the highest concentrations of cases in the state beyond Philadelphia and its collar counties. Cases here are nearly double the totals of the seven-county Pittsburgh metro area.

Officials also stress that confirmed cases likely only represent a fraction of the community spread of the virus, since only serious cases merit testing.


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